Welcome to Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church

Thank you for visiting our website. We are honored that you decided to stop by to learn more about our ministry. It is with open arms and a happy heart that we welcome you to our website today. This is truly the day that the Lord has made, for we are truly blessed by your visit, and we further venture to say that your visit is a divine appointment by God Almighty. Our prayer is that our website will be informative and answers any questions you may have. It will provide you with at least a glimpse of what Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church is about, to include a portion of our ministry, history, vision, what we believe, and contact information.

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Our goal is to be a ministry that gives an deeper insight and understanding of the divine word of God. Where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord. All Are Welcome.

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The History of Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church

The history of Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church dates back to 1914. It began in a community school called Green Hall School and was organized by Rev. Joshua Levister, with Percy Cooke as the church secretary. The school was located in Sis. Mattie Neal’s flower garden. Church services, including Sunday School, were conducted every 4th Sunday. The people were eager to study and learn about God and to hear a good sermon. The early church deacons were Hen Williamston, Daniel McKnight and Doug Cooke. Between 1914 and 1917, two others were added: Isaac Edgerton and Percy Cooke.
In 1917, the Rev. James McKnight became pastor of the church. The first group of members were baptized in Cedar Creek. Among those baptized were Otha Perry, Roosevelt Mcknight, Pearl Blacknall and Emma Gill.

Church services were held at the Green Hall School until November 27, 1918, which is when land was purchased from Preacher John Mitchiner in the amount of $100.00. Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church was built in 1920.

The church had many pastors in its history including Jasper Evans, Burwell, Moses Davis, Joel Kingsberry, Dennis Williams, Harold Timberlake, V. E. Brown (interim) Ralph Mangrum, Rev. Alton Smith (served for 15 years), Interim Charlie Green, Lafayette Maxwell, Interim William Wilson, and the current pastor, Melvin Jackson.

In June of 1941, under the leadership of Rev. Moses Davis, the church built a baptism pool, which was located next to the pump house. Many people were baptized in this pool, including members from neighboring churches. In that year, the church had a total of 188 members.

Under the leadership of Joel Kingsberry we had soul stirring revival. People came from all around to hear him. The church was always full. Church was so full that they sent the children out of the sanctuary to have enough room.

During Rev. Timberlake’s tenure as pastor, Mitchiner’s Grove began having church service on 2nd Sundays, in addition to 4th Sundays, so that new members could be baptized. While Rev. Mangrum was pastor, Youth Day was initiated and held on 2nd Sundays.

Under Rev. Alton Smith’s leadership, a new church was built, which is the current church. The church was actually built by Rev. Smith, who was a builder, his sons and other church members. Later a fellowship hall was added to the church. The first Junior Choir was organized by Robert Neal. Mitchiner's Grove was truly blessed to have Rev. Smith. He delivered the Word of God and God blessed the church to grow.

Under the leadership of Rev. Maxwell, the first indoor baptism pool was built. James Xavier Pearce was the first to be baptized in the indoor baptismal pool. Other improvements followed, including installation of kitchen cabinets and the donation of a refrigerator and stove. Also, Robert Neal founded the Youth 4 Christ Ministry, which introduced the Word of God, in a creative and fun manner, to the youth of the church.

Eighty-four (84) years later, in 1998, the Lord blessed Mitchiner’s Grove with Pastor Melvin Jackson as the new pastor. Pastor Jackson is married to First Lady Elder Deborah Jackson. They have one child, Genesis Jackson. Under the leadership of Pastor Jackson, his anointed vision from God has allowed him to expand and strengthen ministries. Since Pastor Jackson became pastor, Mitchiner’s Grove has moved to having church services every
Sunday, including Intercessory Prayer at 9:30 AM, followed by Sunday School at 10:00 AM. Bible Study is held Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM. In addition to regularly scheduled services, there are a host of outside engagements and special services rendered on a routine basis. New disciples are constantly coming to the Lord and joining Mitchiner’s Grove. Truly God is blessing Mitchiner’s Grove for being obedient to His Word.

From 2005 to 2006, visions for new ministries arose. Rhonda Neal established the Singles’ Ministry. The Family Ministry was established by Minister James and Elaine Williams. On April 9, 2006, the Greeters Ministry was established by Sis. Clara Neal and Minister Robert Neal. On August 11, 2006, God blessed Mitchiner’s Grove tremendously with 4.96 acres of additional land (New total: 6.59 acres)! With new disciples coming to the Lord and joining
Mitchiner’s Grove, God has continued to bless Mitchiner’s Grove with the resources needed to minister and reach out to even more souls that need to hear the word of God. God knows that Mitchiner’s Grove has a mind to build the kingdom of God! We are so grateful for all of God’s people who have been of great service to Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church. Many of our disciples have served God and worked fervently and diligently in the church through the good and hard times. Our members knew and still know that God will make a way, if we just hold on and press on. Just as the church in the early times strived to bring people to God, we are still doing it today and fulfilling our purpose in God’s will.

Meet The Pastors

  Meet Pastor Melvin Jackson Meet Co-Pastor Deborah Jackson

Pastor Melvin Jackson accepted his calling to the Gospel Ministry in 1989. He joined the Ministerial Staff at Wake Chapel Church in Raleigh, NC where he received his training and teaching under the leadership of his Pastor, Reverend John J. Wilkins, Jr.

Pastor Jackson is the past President of F.A.C.E.S.; past Moderator of the Franklin County Missionary Baptist Association, serves as the President of the Board of Directors for BruSon Group Homes in Wake County, and serves as a Wake Chapel Church Ordination Council Member. He is truly obedient to the Word of God as in Matthew 28:19-20. He believes in preaching the Word of God to all ages. Also, he knows that God is the strength of his life and he will continue to trust in the Lord with all his heart.

Pastor Jackson is married to the former Deborah A. Coleman. They are the proud parents of one daughter, Genesis Tsedenia Jackson.

The Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church family recognizes that they have found a jewel in Pastor Jackson and are honored to not only call him their spiritual leader, but also a friend.

Elder Deborah A. Jackson is a native of Carlisle, South Carolina. She is one of ten children of the late John and Viola Coleman. She was educated in the Fairfield County Public School System and later furthered her education at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Elder Jackson is the wife of Reverend Melvin Jackson, who is the pastor of Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church in Franklinton, North Carolina. They are the parents of one daughter, Genesis Tsedenia Jackson.

Elder Jackson has proven to be a faithful follower and humble servant. She ministers both within the church and volunteering in the surrounding communities. She has served in several capacities within the Body of Christ as an exemplary leader and is very active in the following ministries: Praise & Worship Leader, Women’s Ministry Chairperson, Coordinator for Married Ministry, Youth-4-Christ Advisor, Sunday School Teacher and G.R.O.W. (God Rewards Our Work) Outreach Ministry Teacher. She has spoken at and hosted several Seminars, Workshops and Women Conferences.

Elder Jackson also spreads the Gospel as a multi songwriter and vocalist with the Gospel Recording Artist, CoCo McMillan, in her latest released CD entitled “I’ve Been Delivered”. It was released on May 19, 2009. Elder Jackson is a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Additional joyful, uplifting and inspiring songs by Elder Jackson will be released at a later date. (Read More....)

  Download Pastor Melvin Jackson Biography Download Co-Pastor Deborah Jackson Biography

Our Ministries

Audio Ministry
Community Affairs Ministry
Dance Ministry (Angel Patrol and Gentle Praise)
Deacon’s Ministry
Employment Ministry
Fine Arts & Drama Ministry
Family Ministry
Good Samaritan Ministry
Gospel Choir
Greeter’s Ministry
Growth & Outreach Ministry
Health Advocacy Ministry
Inspirational Choir
Male Choir
Marriage Ministry
Men’s Ministry
Ministerial Ministry
Missionary Ministry
Music Ministry
Pastor and First Family Support Ministry
Praise and Worship Ministry

Senior’s Ministry (The Lilacs)
Single’s Ministry
Sunday School Ministry
Trustee Ministry
Tutorial Ministry
Usher’s Ministry
W.I.U. (Women-In-Unity)
Women’s Ministry
Youth Choir
Youth for Christ

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32 Mitchiners Grove
Franklinton, NC 27525

United States (USA)
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Contact Information
Telephone: 919-496-1480
Fax: 919-496-1480

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 220,
Franklinton, NC 27525
32 Mitchiner Grove
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